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Council chiefs urge residents to take up health check offers

06/07/2022

Local authority leaders have stressed the importance of NHS Health Checks as new figures reveal a relatively low take up of the service.

Health pilot to explore using sports centres to tackle arthritis launched

01/07/2022

A project has been launched to investigate how to transform leisure facilities into musculoskeletal (MSK) hubs which can be accessed in every community.

Public support levy to fund smoking cessation efforts

01/07/2022

Three quarters of the public support making tobacco manufacturers pay a levy to fund tobacco control and smoking cessation, a new survey has found.

NHS reforms to ‘transform’ delivery of council care services

01/07/2022

NHS England today launched 42 statutory integrated care systems to bring together GPs, hospitals, and local authorities to deliver health and care services.

The state is failing foster children, charity says

28/06/2022

The needs of many children in foster care are not being properly looked after, a leading fostering charity has warned.

‘Stark’ projections show 40% of 10 year olds facing obesity

27/06/2022

The Government will miss its deadline for tackling obesity by 2030, council chiefs warn as new figures reveal a high percentage of children are overweight.

Local government austerity linked to poor health

24/06/2022

Local authority cuts have been a significant driver of poor health outcomes at the local level, according to new research.

Monkeypox increasing pressure on over-stretched health services

23/06/2022

Local directors of public health are warning of growing pressures on sexual health services due to people presenting with potential symptoms of Monkeypox.

Staff shortages undermining drug treatment, study reveals

21/06/2022

A loss of skilled professionals and the fragmentation of services has proven a major barrier to tackling drug addiction, new research has found.

Air quality improvements ‘not as fast as expected’

17/06/2022

The Government’s programme for helping local authorities tackle air pollution has progressed more slowly than expected, according to auditors.

Nearly a quarter of drivers admit to idling engines

16/06/2022

Over 20% of drivers admit to regularly leaving engines running while their vehicle is stationary despite the impact this has on air quality, research reveals.

Council chiefs criticise food strategy as ‘missed opportunity’

14/06/2022

Local authority leaders have criticised the Government’s new food strategy which they argue does not tackle the underlying causes of obesity.

Javid announces £25m for social care digitisation

13/06/2022

The social care sector is to benefit from a £25m investment aimed at increasing the rate that social care records are digitised.

Inquiry hears of bullying and racism in social care sector

10/06/2022

Lower-paid health and social care workers have experienced bullying, racism and harassment at work, an inquiry by Britain’s equality regulator has heard.

Disabled woman left without care for 12 months, Ombudsman finds

08/06/2022

Worcestershire County Council has been criticised after it left a woman who had had a stroke without appropriate care for a year.

Council chiefs welcome ‘shake-up’ of health and social care

08/06/2022

Council leaders have welcomed a review into health and social care leadership, particularly its emphasis on collaboration across the NHS and social care.

Teaching unions call for expansion of free school meal eligibility

01/06/2022

Teaching unions have called on the Government to extend free school meals to all families on Universal Credit (UC).

Welsh auditors: NHS waiting lists could take seven years to clear

31/05/2022

It could be seven years before Wales sees its NHS waiting lists come back down to pre-pandemic levels, Welsh Auditors have claimed.

Council considers paying residents to quit smoking

31/05/2022

Cheshire East Council is considering the idea of trialling a smoking cessation incentive scheme to promote good health and to save the taxpayer money.

Doctors call for abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’

30/05/2022

Healthcare body representing 14,000 doctors has called for national legislation to prevent anti-abortion protesters intimidating patients and doctors.

Adult social care reforms could cost nearly £26bn

25/05/2022

Adult social care reforms could cost a minimum of £10bn more than currently estimated and will require over 4,000 new social work staff, new study reveals.

Gove criticises social housing landlord after ‘severe maladministration’ finding

24/05/2022

Michael Gove has criticised England's largest social housing landlord after an investigation found the housing body was guilty of ‘severe maladministration’.

Mayor Khan launches consultation on ULEZ expansion

23/05/2022

A consultation on plans to expand the ULEZ to cover most of London has been launched as part of the effort to improve air quality and reduce congestion.

Call to deploy legal advisers in council spaces

23/05/2022

Legal advisers should be deployed in council offices and other public locations to provide access to civil justice, a think tank has argued.

One in five children at risk of obesity

19/05/2022

Government should help provide more affordable leisure opportunities, council chiefs say as study reveals children are not getting enough exercise.

Green space provision should be central to levelling up, charity says

18/05/2022

The amount of green space per person is lower in areas that the Government is targeting as part of the levelling up agenda than it is elsewhere, study reveals.

Ministers announce £200m for new active travel schemes

16/05/2022

Active Travel England will oversee the delivery by local authorities of 134 active travel schemes, backed by £161m, across 46 council areas outside London.

Council leaders urge GPs to prescribe leisure centre trips

16/05/2022

Council leaders are urging GPs to prescribe obese patients classes at local leisure centres after research found it could increase life expectancy four years.

ADASS: More than half a million people now waiting for social care

13/05/2022

Over half a million people are waiting for social care and there has been a dramatic increase in the number of hours of home care that could not be delivered.

One in six private renters live in poor conditions

06/05/2022

More than one in six private renters in England were forced to accept poor conditions to find somewhere they could rent, housing charity says.

Government confirms it won’t appeal COVID care home ruling

05/05/2022

Government won't appeal a court decision which found the policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the pandemic was unlawful.

Nearly all UK addresses breach air pollution limits

29/04/2022

Around 97% of all UK addresses breach at least one World Health Organisation (WHO) limit for toxic pollutants, shocking new report reveals.

Social care cap amendment threatens ‘crippling care costs’

22/04/2022

MPs in Yorkshire, the Midlands and North East should vote down the social care cap amendment to save poorer constituents from ‘crippling' costs, charities say.

Nearly 40% of electorate prioritising affordable housing in local elections

21/04/2022

Four in 10 Britons say affordable decent housing needs to be improved ahead of the local elections, a new poll reveals.

Women in England's poorest areas die younger than nearly all other OECD countries

19/04/2022

Women living in the poorest parts of England have a lower life expectancy than women in living in almost any OECD country, new research has revealed.

Council chiefs welcome £300m to tackle drug addiction

14/04/2022

Council leaders have welcomed a Government announcement of additional funding for local areas to tackle drug dependency as an ‘important step forward’.

Council defends £237,000 COVID vaccine festival

06/04/2022

A London council has defended a COVID vaccine festival that cost over £200,000 to put on but only saw 435 people jabbed.

City planning should be based on ‘health first principle’

05/04/2022

The UK’s planning system should be reformed to follow a ‘health first principle’, according to a new report.

Charity calls for ‘mobility credits’ to promote shared transport

04/04/2022

England’s councils have been urged to introduce incentives for people to give up private vehicles to help increase the use of shared transport.

Sheffield CAZ delayed until 2023

01/04/2022

Sheffield City Council has announced that the launch of its Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be delayed until 2023.

Over 30,000 council buildings contain asbestos

30/03/2022

Tens of thousands of council buildings in England contain potentially dangerous asbestos, new research has revealed.

Five councils in England to trial social care charging reform

28/03/2022

The Government has announced that five local authorities in England will implement a new adult social care charging reform system which caps the cost of care.

Javid tells care providers digital records ‘basic responsibility’

24/03/2022

Digital records are a ‘basic responsibility’, health secretary Sajid Javid says as he announces 80% of care providers will have digital care records by 2024.

Council chiefs call for ‘urgent’ extension of COVID fund

24/03/2022

Council leaders and directors of public health have called for an urgent extension of local outbreak management funding to help with rising COVID-19 rates.

Council to serve only vegan food at events

16/03/2022

Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet has approved plans to serve only locally sourced plant-based food at council catered events.

Nearly a quarter of older households in England face ‘fuel stress’

11/03/2022

The increase in the cost of energy is set to impact one in four older households and four in five of the poorest, charity warns.

Council chiefs call for VAT cut on vaping products

09/03/2022

The Government should cut Value Added Tax (VAT) on the sale of vaping products to help people to stop smoking, local authority leaders say.

Swindon and Wiltshire councils to help deliver £5m home upgrades

09/03/2022

The South West Energy Hub will work with Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council to deliver over £5m worth of home upgrades across Swindon and Wiltshire.

Mayor Khan requests consultation on ULEZ expansion

04/03/2022

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, will today announce in a keynote speech in Forest Hill that he is asking Transport for London (TfL) to consult on expanding the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) London-wide in 2023.

Toxic air causes over 1,700 asthma hospitalisations in London

02/03/2022

There were over 1,700 hospital admissions for asthma and serious lung conditions in the capital over two years due to toxic air, new analysis has revealed.

Councils to have access to new online PPE portal

01/03/2022

Local authorities are to be given access to free personal protective equipment (PPE) through a new website, the Government has announced.

New taskforce aims to ‘level up’ maternity care

23/02/2022

Government launches taskforce aimed at tackling disparities in maternity care experienced by women from ethnic minority groups and those in deprived areas.

‘COVID-19 hasn’t gone away,’ council chiefs tell PM

22/02/2022

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to ensure that councils have the necessary resources to deal with potential future COVID-19 outbreaks.

Councils call for local outbreak funding as part of 'Living with COVID' strategy

21/02/2022

Councils have warned they will be forced to stand down public health teams unless the Government extends local outbreak management funding.

Khan calls for bigger fines to punish rogue landlords

17/02/2022

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called for bigger fines to be issued to rogue landlords as part of a move to protect the capital’s renters.

New guidelines to help disabled children be more active

16/02/2022

The first ever guidelines on physical activity for disabled children and young people have been published today by the UK Chief Medical Officers.

Smoking 'single largest driver' of health inequalities

09/02/2022

A third of smoking households in England are living in poverty with rates highest in the North, a new study has revealed.

Social care cap amendment to ‘disproportionately’ hit North

07/02/2022

A proposed Government amendment to the cap on social care costs will impact those with modest levels of wealth in the North and the Midlands, new study shows.

Families spend £14.6bn replacing missing disability support

07/02/2022

One third of families with disabled children have been forced into debt funding their children’s education, a new survey has revealed.

Leads for reviews into health disparities confirmed

07/02/2022

The leads for two significant independent reviews to tackle health disparities have been confirmed.

Rural health services need ‘levelling up’, MPs say

01/02/2022

Rural local authorities spend a disproportionately higher share of their budget on providing social care than their urban counterparts, MPs warn.

More children could care for sick parents under health reforms, charity warns

26/01/2022

More children could end up caring for sick and disabled adults once they are discharged from hospital under the Government's health reforms, a charity has warned.

Project ADDER helps over 13,000 people receive drug treatment

26/01/2022

Over 600 crime groups have been disrupted and 13,000 people supported in drug treatment interventions thanks to a whole-systems approach to tackling drugs.

Hearing loss more prevalent in the North, study reveals

25/01/2022

Northerners over 50 have a 13.5% higher prevalence of hearing loss than Southerners in England, University of Manchester researchers have revealed.

Quit smoking services under threat from lack of funds

24/01/2022

Local authority-run efforts to help people quit smoking have improved during the pandemic but are under threat due to underfunding, charities warn.

Cyclist Chris Boardman appointed active travel commissioner

24/01/2022

Cyclist Chris Boardman is to become national commissioner of the Government’s new cycling and walking body, Active Travel England (ATE), which launches today.

Staff shortages are ‘excessively high’, warn care providers

13/01/2022

Homecare providers are warning that they are having to refuse new requests for home care because of Omicron and ongoing staffing problems.

Sandwell calls for action on test shortage

06/01/2022

A council has written to ministers after it was forced to step in to alleviate a shortage of COVID testing kits.

School leaders warn of ‘logistical difficulties’ due to COVID absences

05/01/2022

School leaders have warned of ‘logistical difficulties’ after the education secretary recommended combining classes to deal with workforce shortages.

London boroughs consider cannabis decriminalisation

05/01/2022

Three London boroughs could be part of a pilot scheme aimed at diverting young people caught with a small amount of cannabis away from the justice system.

Social care leaders warn of ‘national emergency’

23/12/2021

Leaders from the social care sector are urging people to take extra precautions to limit the spread of Omicron in order to protect adult social care services.

Omission of gyms from Omicron relief criticised as ‘shameful’

23/12/2021

The industry association representing gyms and sports centres has criticised the Government for omitting their members from the latest COVID support measures.

Government sets out plans to tackle gender health gap

23/12/2021

The Government has announced that it will ban hymenoplasty and appoint a Women’s Health Ambassador as part of the effort to close the gender health gap.

School leaders warn GCSEs and A-Levels could be at risk

21/12/2021

School leaders are preparing for the possibility that exams and assessments might be disrupted next year as a result of Omicron.

Councils to receive over £22m to boost vaccine uptake

20/12/2021

Volunteers are to be deployed across the areas with the lowest vaccine uptake and councils are to receive a funding boost to encourage people to get jabbed.

County council launches ‘Vaxi Taxi’ scheme

14/12/2021

Suffolk County Council has partnered with local taxi companies to offer a free taxi service to help young people get the COVID-19 vaccination.

Welsh councils offer £100 winter fuel payment

13/12/2021

Eligible people in Wales will be able to claim a £100 payment from their local authority to provide support towards paying their winter fuel bills.

Council chiefs welcome £300m social care funding

13/12/2021

Council leaders welcome a new package to protect the care sector this winter, but warned that long-term investment was needed to make social care sustainable.

Connecting councils and providers to improve care services

10/12/2021

Amal Nawarathna explains how Barnet Council is using data and market insight to improve care quality assurance.

Councils thanked for ‘integral’ role in fighting COVID

08/12/2021

Local Government Association (LGA) has thanked councils for their role in supporting the COVID-19 vaccine programme one year on from the start of its roll-out.

Enhanced Area Status extended for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

07/12/2021

The Government has agreed to extend the Enhanced Area Status for an extra three weeks in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire in a bid to drive down COVID-19 rates.

Over £23m plan to end HIV infections launched

01/12/2021

The Government has announced a new multi-million-pound action plan aimed at ending new HIV infections and deaths by 2030.

Councils urged to invest in public toilets

30/11/2021

The majority of UK adults want more investment from local councils to ensure that public toilets are clean and safe, a new survey has revealed.

Councils undertake targeted testing to help stem spread of Omicron variant

29/11/2021

Targeted testing and contact tracing is taking place in Essex and Nottingham after two cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant were identified in the UK for the first time.

Social care reform: what lies ahead?

25/11/2021

Sally Warren lays out four principles that should be at the centre of a ‘radically realistic’ White Paper on social care reform and asks if its vision will be the right one?

Commuter train line exposed to ‘extreme levels’ of pollution

22/11/2021

Three councils have warned that residents living near the commuter train line running through the Chilterns are being exposed to dangerous levels of pollution.

Local knowledge essential for boosting vaccine take-up, study finds

19/11/2021

Local knowledge and leadership could be key in efforts to improve COVID-19 vaccine take-up across different communities, new research has found.

London’s ULEZ resulted in ‘only small improvements in air quality’

17/11/2021

London’s ULEZ has had little impact on air quality and is only effective as part of a wider approach to reducing carbon emissions, researchers say.

Childhood obesity ‘one of the greatest public health challenges’

17/11/2021

Local authority leaders urge Government to do more to tackle childhood obesity as the NHS warns of a ‘significant increase’ in obesity rates among children.

Social prescribing held back by data infrastructure, report finds

02/11/2021

A lack of available data and solid data infrastructure is preventing social prescribing from reaching its full potential, a report has warned.

Three local authorities get extra COVID support

01/11/2021

Extra support is being given to three local authorities in the East of England to help tackle the rise in COVID-19 cases.

End ‘scandalously low fee rates’, say homecare providers

26/10/2021

Councils should be better funded and required to pay more for care, says the UK’s membership body for homecare providers.

Pandemic had 'devastating' health impact on shielded population, says charity

20/10/2021

Urgent action is needed to tackle the unmet health need and worsening mental health of those people asked to shield during the pandemic, a charity has said.

Councils to explore innovative ways of tackling health inequalities

20/10/2021

Five councils are to take part in a new programme which will see them introduce innovative ways of improving health and tackling health inequalities.

Think-tank makes call for wellbeing budgets

18/10/2021

The Government should introduce ‘wellbeing budgets’ that look beyond gross domestic product (GDP) to reduce regional health inequalities, a think-tank has urged.

Study finds 'alarming' fall in life expectancy even before pandemic

13/10/2021

Life expectancy has fallen in many parts of England over the past decade, a new study has revealed.

Poor housing making millions of people sick, charity warns

13/10/2021

Housing problems are harming the physical and mental health of one in five renters in England, new research from Shelter has revealed.

Council to offer all staff a free flu jab

12/10/2021

Moray Council will offer all its staff the chance to get the seasonal flu vaccination in a bid to reduce sickness absence and improve wellbeing.

Council chiefs criticise Government’s ‘central first, local later’ COVID response

12/10/2021

Local authority leaders have said that councils could have been given ‘a greater role’ in the initial response to COVID-19 after MPs criticised the Government for pursuing a strategy of ‘central first, local later’.

MPs call for post-COVID recovery strategy for new parents

07/10/2021

MPs have called on Government to publish a COVID-19 recovery strategy for new parents which should include a fund to help councils arrange in-person visits.

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